Kagame Says Too Early To Celebrate On MDGs

buy geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Kagame observed that although a lot has changed in the world, price where a billion people were lifted out of poverty, more children sent to school, greater care for the sick provided and a generation born in a new age of information ready to embrace ever expanding frontiers of technology, the transformation is not yet complete.

While addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, President Kagame said:

“Thirteen years ago, the Millennium Development Goals established humanitarian principles for the 21st century. Together, member states and international organisations stood for an ideal– that the world’s poorest nations and poorest people should not have to live without dignity and hope.”

He, however, noted that the transformation is not yet complete.

“The shortcomings are as long as the successes. And as we think about the post-2015 agenda, we must have the courage to go beyond business as usual.”


President Kagame urged the world to take an honest look at the MDGs, and point out what worked and what did not, and commit to forge a new global partnership, founded on mutual responsibility and trust and pointed out that this would require developing nations to take greater ownership in the post-2015 agenda:

“One of the failings of aid has been the lack of attention to country specific context in the agreements. So, now is the time for the developing world to make their voice heard, to shape the debate and to ensure policies and programmes are demand-driven.”

He said this will also require governments to empower those whose lives we are trying to transform; to give them a stake in the process and a say in the progress of the country. In Rwanda, we have found that empowering local leaders, while demanding accountability, is an effective catalyst for development. ”

President Kagame is one many leaders addressing the annual Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. The Debate will conclude on 1 October.

The theme of this year’s 68th Assembly is the post-2015 development agenda, aimed at drawing up an even more ambitious blueprint to totally eliminate poverty and its attendant ills in the decades following the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cycle.

The eight (MDGs), adopted at the 2000 UN summit, aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, boost access to health care and education, achieve gender equality and environmental stability, and reduce maternal and child mortality and the incidence of HIV/AIDS, all by the end of 2015.

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